FAVORITE The Low-key Pottinger URBAN luxe HOTEL and in Hong in such Kong: a great location.
TRAVEL White MUST-HAVES sneakers, a cross-body bag night, that and can Google go from Maps. day to
VACATION Not any SPOT one particular place. The best vacations entail discovering something new, immersing in history, and seeing good art.
PLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT Ghent, to see Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece.
WAY TO REJUVENATE
Getting on the treadmill to release those endorphins.
An almost daily run, weights, and I’ve just gotten into yoga.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
To quote Jon Bon Jovi:
It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever I just want to live while I’m alive
Aside from my favorite website, reading the Daily
Mail and chocolate.
ONE THING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU I’m a history geek, with special focus on the Kennedys and English history, particularly the Regency period.
MUST-HAVE ITEM ON YOUR DINNER TABLE Veggies. DESSERT Green tea?
FAVORITE PLACE TO CELEBRATE Special occasions have been marked with family dinners at home, catered by Kai or Cibo.
DRINK/COCKTAIL OF CHOICE
Gin and tonic, vodka on the rocks, or some white Burgundy.
DREAM DINNER GUESTS
Ai Wei Wei, Roberta Smith (the art critic of the New
York Times), mega gallerist David Zwirner, and Raf Simons. Obviously, if this ever happens, I’m as good as invisible.
WRITER OR BOOK
Jane Austen, Persuasion. FILM Merchant and Ivory’s Room With a View. FAVORITE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT
Spending the day in a museum and doing gallery hops, not to mention checking out major art fairs.
WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST? Music I can run to: Bruno Mars and The Killers are the best for getting me through that last K.
FAVORITE ACTOR OF ALL TIME
George Clooney! MOST TREASURED POSSESSION
How can I not answer my husband and kids and not be judged?
FAVORITE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
I’ve had some pretty spectacular ones recently: the mind-blowing Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at The Royal Academy in London in 2014 and a major Hieronymous Bosch show at The Prado to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. There was also Doris Salcedo at the Guggenheim in 2015— political commentary done with such elegance. Two years ago, my daughter and I visited Granada, and after touring the Alhambra, I went to the Capilla Real
where they’ve kept intact the prayer room of Isabella of Castile. Remember that she lived in the 16th century, so the liturgical objects and paintings, particularly those of Rogier van der Weyden and Boticelli, were, even then, already priceless antiques. Too bad you couldn’t take photos!
FAVORITE MUSEUMS/ART GALLERIES
Too many to mention! But David Zwirner has three spaces in Chelsea, and always worth a look-see. Last summer, I spent a very enjoyable day at the Dia:Beacon, a two-hour train ride from Grand Central Terminal. On the way, you enjoy glorious views of the Hudson. This former Nabisco factory now houses the museum complex of works by significant minimalists from the 1970s: Walter de Maria, Dan Flavin, Joseph Beuys.
FAVORITE WORKS OF ART
From the past year: James Turrell’s Breathing Light at LACMA and teamLab’s Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well, Blossoming on Collision at the Mori Art Museum. FAVORITE ARTISTS
Tough one to answer, but I would have to go with Vermeer, Balthus, Joseph Cornell, and the Chapman Brothers.
YOUNG ARTISTS WE SHOULD KEEP OUR EYES ON? There’s Cian Dayrit, who is currently featured at the New Museum’s Triennial. Don’t expect him to produce objects that one can collect, though. He leans more towards research-based projects with a nod to his interest in anthropology that don’t shrink from socio-political statements. I also like Ian Fabro, for drawings amplified with texture via staple wire and dressmaker pins.
ALL THAT GLITTERS Clockwise from right: A child’s tamborin necklace; Michelline Syjuco cuff; malachite, silver, and jade mask; an array of vintage Filipino earrings; T’boli brass bracelets. T&C